As border crossers and illegal immigrants continue to arrive everyday, two Democrats are encouraging New York’s colleges and universities to convert their student residence halls into migrant shelters.
Over 60,000 border crossers and illegal immigrants have entered New York City, a sanctuary city, since the spring of 2022. In response, the city’s influential real estate lobby has benefited financially from Mayor Eric Adams’ (D) decision to house the majority of migrants in hotels.
Representatives Dan Goldman (D-NY) along with Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) are now pleading with administrators at colleges and universities in New York to convert their student residences into migrant shelters.
“Many of your institutions have vacant dorm rooms, student residences, and other perhaps suitable sites for refuge over the summer that could be used as much-needed temporary lodging for migrants. As we collaborate with local authorities to provide food aid and other essentials to migrant families arriving in New York and to provide pro bono legal advice, we are also asking for your assistance.”
“It is crucial that all facets of our society, including the commercial sector and institutes of colleges and universities, support the City’s determination in providing these fundamental requirements to immigrant families as more families continue to come to New York. According to reports, New York State is contemplating using SUNY campuses as temporary housing for families. A lot of your institutions also house prominent law schools, hospitals, and programs that accept individuals who are dedicated to serving the public. We urge you to create initiatives that reward and facilitate staff and student volunteers for helping asylum seekers and their kids.”
“State governors like Texas’ Greg Abbott along with Florida’s Ron DeSantis want us to turn against one another and support anti-immigrant attitudes. In our efforts to welcome new immigrants to our town, we must demonstrate to the rest of the nation that we can uphold our finest values and goals when all facets of our society work together.”
Democrats in Congress from New York, like Adams, have not attempted to exert pressure on the Catch and Release network of President Joe Biden’s administration. Instead, they want to rapidly issue work permits to border crossers and illegal immigrants, turning the waves of immigration into a benefit for companies.
New Yorkers will be required to pay an annual $75 million fee to house border crossers and illegal immigrants at Manhattan’s famed Roosevelt Hotel, in addition to perhaps housing them in student housing.
According to Adams, when lost tourist revenue is taken into account, the cost of illegal immigration to New Yorkers—who are already shelling out $5 million a day to cope with the problem—will well exceed $4.3 billion
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